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Madison SOUP mixes business and pleasure

The phrase "Madison SOUP" might bring to mind something saucy based on cheese and beer, or, conversely, one of those extended common council meetings that drag on until 4 a.m. It is, however, our local branch of an international network of meal-based micro-granting initiatives. Uh, say again? >More
 Is Wisconsin Assembly ban on cameras and signs unconstitutional?

When Progressive magazine editor Matt Rothschild got arrested for using a camera in the Assembly chambers, he was wearing a sign taped to his shirt that spelled out his constitutional right to free speech and assembly, as well as his right to petition his government. Seventeen other protesters were arrested Nov. 1, and many of them wore similar signs. >More
 Pat Richter, Trek's John Burke ask Madison to support Edgewater redevelopment in sentimental video

Complete with quiet piano, swelling strings, a soft focus and UW football great Pat Richter, a heartstring-tugging video distributed Monday by the Hammes Company represents the latest attempt to push the issue of Tax Incremental Financing for the Edgewater redevelopment in the 2012 city budget, to be decided next week. >More
 Blame Waukesha: The GOP's answer to liberal Dane County swings elections to the right

Last spring, Supreme Court challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg got close to beating conservative incumbent David Prosser, boosted by outrage over Gov. Scott Walker's policies. But after a controversial recount Prosser eked out a win. The clincher? Waukesha County. >More
 Tenant Resource Center scales back services, staff

Running a nonprofit is a constant roller-coaster ride. But the going has been especially bumpy this year for the Tenant Resource Center. The center, which assists 15,000 to 20,000 tenants and landlords a year on such issues as lease rules and eviction procedures, has lost all its state and federal funding. That means its budget for 2012 will drop from $350,000 to $230,000. >More
 Memorial Union renovation design committee discusses Terrace view, oak tree

The debate over some aspects of the planned remodeling of the Memorial Union continued Tuesday night, as the building's Reinvestment Design Committee met to prioritize a budget and address $5.2 million in cuts to the project, which should begin in the autumn of 2012. >More
 Progressive editor Matt Rothschild, 17 others arrested for using cameras in Wisconsin Assembly gallery

The longtime editor of The Progressive magazine was arrested in the Wisconsin Assembly gallery for taking photos of the arrest of another citizen who had been taking photos of proceedings on the Assembly floor. "We ought to have a right to take a picture," Matt Rothschild told the conservation warden escorting him Tuesday night for ticketing. >More
 Nuns smoke pot, cops get drunk at Freakfest 2011 Halloween party in Madison

I saw strange and disturbing sights at Saturday's Freakfest Halloween party on State Street. In a brazen challenge to Catholic authority, nuns openly smoked pot. A depraved Super Mario traded sloppy kisses with a French maid. A crowd-surfing robot got dropped on his head, surely necessitating time in the repair shop. >More
 Easiest Halloween costume ever: Make your own Paul Soglin mask

These easy-to-follow steps will have you looking like "Hizzoner Da Mare" in no time! Simply pair with a Hawaiian shirt and grumpy demeanor and your friends will wonder how Mayor Paul Soglin got an invitation to their fright night festivities. >More
 We go way back with Mark Block, Herman Cain's chief of staff and 'smoking guy'

We first became aware of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's chief of staff Mark Block as he emceed the Tax Day Tea Party rally on the Capitol Square in 2009. We then ran into Block at Scott Walker's inaugural ball in January where he was nice enough to answer some questions for us on video. It was during this conversation when we first heard Herman Cain's name. >More
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